Why do Jews want Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” published in Germany?

April 28, 2008

Mein Kampf in English translation, Educa Books, 2006It sounds counter-intuitive. German Jews want Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf — the 1925 book that spells out his plan for a Nazi state and gives expression to his extreme anti-Semitism — to be published in Germany. The Central Council of Jews in Germany would be ready to help edit the new edition and pressure the Bavarian state government (which owns the rights and blocks publication) to issue it. As our Berlin correspondent Dave Graham reported, Stephan Kramer, the Central Council ‘s general secretary, made the suggestion in an interview with Deutschlandfunk radio (here are the DLF text report and audio in German).

Kramer said things had changed since Bavaria banned its publication in the initial post-war years as a way to thwart a revival of Nazi ideology. “Through the Internet and other media, the book is widely available abroad. Especially in far-right wing circles, there has been what you might call a romanticising of the book Mein Kampf, so I personally and we in the Central Council now feel a publicly available version of Mein Kampf with critical commentaries would now be much more helpful. It would make clear to readers who access it what crude stuff was written there,” he said.

Meanwhile in Austria, work has begun on a spoof biopic of Hitler called — what else? — “Mein Kampf.” It’s based on a play of the same name by the late Hungarian-Jewish playwright George Tabori and will premiere in Germany next year.

A Turkish translation of Mein Kampf in an Istanbul bookshop, 30 March 2005/Fatih SaribasHow to deal with the Hitler legacy is a political, moral and artistic minefield. The debate about publishing Mein Kampf  has gone on for years. German and Austrian directors have made films about him, but usually serious ones like Oliver Hirschbiegel’s 2004 film “Der Untergang “(Downfall). A German parody, “Mein Fuehrer — The Truly Truest Truth About Adolf Hitler,” sparked controversy and scathing reviews in Germany last year.

Hitler was responsible for some of the worst evils in history, starting with the Holocaust. Do you think Mein Kampf should be published in Germany or that filmmakers should make parodies of his life?

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I don`t think there will be any problem for publishing such book…nobody can delete any page from the history however was judged.

Posted by nabil chehade | Report as abusive

Hitler was a great man, his vision would have changed the world for the better.

There would be no Communist problem now. No religious fanatics killing people at random. Israel would not be firing missiles into peoples house and killing children.

There would be no African problem and we would probably now have 2 Superstates America and a united world.

It all went wrong when England wouldn’t join in. Then Germany slid into a world disaster with no way out. Remember the victor writes history, truth and honesty have little to do with power and Greed.

Mien Kampf should be published, if there were no secrets there might be no wars. Any censorship other than by oneself is wrong and the key to corruption.

Posted by Ian | Report as abusive

I lived in Austria at the end of the Russian Occupation of north eastern Austria. I met first hand, survivors of death camps,AN unwilling interpretor working for Herrman Goering. I also met ardent supporters of Hitler,and lived in nice new apartments that his government built for the people.
But publish it by all means:
YE SHALL KNOW THE TRUTH, AND THE TRUTH WILL MAKE YOU FREE. BJDOC

Posted by Boyd J. Hale | Report as abusive

There will surely circumstances that would take place with this movie of Cruise. Tom Cruise might need a payday loan if the early reviews of his film “Valkyrie” reflect what it will make at the box office. Most critics think Cruise’s performance was mediocre, and some even think it ruined the film. So much for the glory days of “Top Gun” and “Mission: Impossible.” I don’t know if I’ll be seeing the film or not. I love that they made a movie about an assassination attempt on Hitler, but I’ll be really disappointed if it makes a mockery of such important, serious subject matter. I know Tom Cruise will never need a payday loan. But if he ever wanted to apply for one just for fun, you know, to see how the other half lives, he better do it while he still has a payday coming up. For more about why Cruise’s paydays might be coming to an end, check out this article on the payday loan blog.